The computing and communication systems are becoming increasingly interdependent is evident in almost every aspect of society. Applications of these integrated systems are also spreading. As this trend continues, it will force the computing community not only to develop revolutionary systems but also to redefine `computer system' and the roles of traditional research disciplines. This awesome responsibility falls squarely on computer systems researchers, those who have traditionally developed the infrastructure on which applications are built. The computer systems researchers major challenges to overcome are discussed.
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The 1997 Workshop on New Challenges and Directions for Systems Research was supported in part by NSF grant CCR-9714873 and hosted by the University of Washington, St. Louis. We thank all the workshop participants and keynote speakers for their thought-provoking discussions. Keynote speakers were Jim Smith (University of Wisconsin), Butler Lampson (Microsoft Research), Barbara Liskov (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and Jonathan Turner (University of Washington, St. Louis). Other participants were Tom Anderson, Frank Anger, B.R. Badrinath, Brian Bershad, Robert Blu-moffe, James Browne, Pei Cao, John Carter, J. Chapin, Sid Chatterjee, Andrew Chien, Dave Culler, Ron Cytron, Mike Dahlin, Jack Dennis, Mike Foster, Helen Gill, Ken Goldman, Mark Hill, Susan Horwitz, Frans Kaashoek, Krishna Kavi, Jay Lapreau, Gary Nutt, David Oran, Calton Pu, Guru Purulkar, R. Rajkumar, Peter Reiher, Mendel Rosenblum, Vivek Sarkar, Mike Scott, Marc Shapiro, J.P. Singh, Peter Steenkiste, Mike Smith, Tatsuya Suda, Anand Tri-pathi, and Willy Zwaenepoel.